It was fantastic seeing the 'Point of View' weekend. It's a great topic and a wonderfully helpful approach. My sincerest thanks to you Pat, for the tools and the inspiration you supply to those who want so badly to express themselves through art.
Pat is just a gem of a man, how can you just not love him-he’s not only such a wealth of knowledge, but a genuinely lovely person-a fantastic combination. I have no doubt what-so-ever, that I will see you at another future event.
Just a quick note to thank you for bringing Pat out again, and of course giving me the opportunity to make good on my promise of participating in one of his seminars.
Pat is a brilliant teacher. I've long been a fan of his books and this past weekend has been a fantastic investment in my growth as a writer and one that I believe would benefit anyone who truly wants to explore their full songwriting potential.
His concepts are clearly thought out and his wisdom is vast. He's kind of like Yoda, with a better grasp of syntax!
After I attended one of Pat’s talks for the first time last year and purchased his books I felt that I now had a tool box for song writing. Some of the tools were already familiar to me and there were others I that I had not come across before so I went about learning how to use them. I find seminars, such as this, introduce me to even more new tools and they remind me to look in the box and discover tools I had forgotten about - the ones lurking in the corners - and to continue to hone my skills.
Each time I have been to hear Pat I have come away with some new tools. Last week I discovered the tool of ‘front heavy lines vs back heavy lines’. This weekend I gained practical experience on working out the best point of view - so the seminar was successful from that aspect. However, along the way, I discovered some new little gems that I can use to improve my song writing. One ‘light-bulb’ moment for me was about being specific and sense bound - using the senses from the beginning to immediately involve the listener - I see that as turning a two dimensional piece of modern art into a painting (doesn’t have to be a masterpiece) that engages the viewer - and I think this may be a turning point in my song writing. Having a focus for a seminar is a good starting point, but the tangents it can go off on are equally worthwhile.
It was a really fascinating class. I learned a lot, and I enjoyed the pleasure of concentrating intently to keep absorbing all the information, and to try to become attuned to Pat's very perspicacious way of looking at songs.
Pat's seminar has opened up a whole new world for me with lots of strategies to use in my songwriting. I've been reading Pat's book and plan to be more disciplined every day and take writing more seriously. I loved the fact we got a chance to listen to each other's music and change the points of view of the song. I was able to do some networking and made new connections and I enjoyed meeting people who are passionate in what they do.
-Voula Samaras (Melbourne)
First of all let me say Wow!!!!! This weekend was like real food for me and I feel very grateful to have been there. Thank you! Thank you! I was blown away with Pats generosity of spirit, his totally engaging way of teaching, his rich knowledge of the subject and not to mention his wicked humor which makes learning all that much easier for us all. It was a real privilege to be in the presence of such a passionate teacher and it was tremendous fun as well.I had a ball! I feel like I have come away from the weekend experience really well nourished and am very inspired to get stuck into "fearless song writing". As a mum I have found it pretty challenging to keep sight of my own love of singing and songwriting over the years but Pats workshop has given me the push and the courage I needed to put my priorities back in order which is a lovely gift to receive. (Don't worry, I'll still keep the kids!!!)
-Rebecca Spalding (Melbourne)
I'm still buzzing after staying up all night writing...What a fantastic seminar... What an inspiring experience! Thanks so much for making it happen. Please pass my thanks on to Pat - I feel alive, inspired and excited. No doubt he's used to unlocking writers, and the inevitable post-seminar gushing, but please add my compliments to the pile. I'm sure he secretly enjoys it. Thanks again for a brilliant experience - it's already impacting my life as a songwriter.
You've done it again! This last weekend was sensational. I never get tired of listening to Pat and I'm always picking up more and more from each session I go to.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend that has, thank goodness, got me back on the wagon again! I have had a history of writing in spurts with many months of nothing either side and Pat's workshop has made me realise how crazy that is if I want to develop my craft.
Just wanted to let you know that I LOVED the workshops. I especially found the phrasing workshop to be helpful and now I go about listening for the back-heavy/front heavy phrasing of songs on my ipod. I am learning heaps from this and can't wait to get started on my songwriting again. These are marvellous tools and I wish I had them years ago. They would have shaved years off my song-writing journey.
Just thought I'd like to thank you both for the seminars on the weekend. Great support and inspiration... not to mention tools.
Firstly, thank you so much for organising this workshop. It's changed my life (seriously) as I'm at a crossroads with my career and I have now decided to pursue songwriting as my vocation.
Secondly, Pat Pattison is a genius. The way he took an ordinary song and made it sound good, and took good songs and made them sound great was amazing to see! I have learnt so much and can't wait to apply these newly acquired tools.
-Allister Bosnic (Melbourne)
I found Pat's session very enjoyable and instructive! A masterful teacher, both in his content and delivery. I am looking forward to delving into his book in detail.
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening tonight with the brilliant, humourous and passionate man that is Pat Pattison. I first heard of Pat when I was browsing songwriting books at Borders and picked up the first edition of Pat's Writing Better Lyrics. That book alone got me thinking differently about how I approach my songwriting but now having experienced Pat in the flesh it's a whole other experience. Once again, thank you for what was a mind opening event. I look forward to many many more :-)
Just a quick email to say thanks sooo much for bringing Pat to Brisbane again this year. The insights, tools and tips he leaves you are priceless. I've already attacked a whole bunch of songs and improved them out of sight.
Thank you for the opportunity to attend Pat's seminar. It was sensational, and coming from a drummer, that's probably saying something LOL. I definitely have walked away from his seminar with more knowledge of melody, placement of harmony, and the build of anticipation with lyrics...